June 5, 2009

Tampa Bay...update?

Detroit discount?-Hossa likely has to take less money if he's to stay with Wings
Despite all the denials coming out of the Sunshine State, the Tampa Bay Lightning is trying to deal C Vinny Lecavalier. A league source told Sun Media yesterday the Bolts have informed the NHL they intend to spend at the salary floor of approximately $40.5 million next season. They already have $38 million committed to 17 players and have to sign to get to the 23-man roster limit. Getting Lecavalier's $10 million salary off the books would clear space for the Bolts to sign blueliners. He's not only the Lightning player being shopped. League sources insist there are others, but didn't want to give out any names. A proposal deal to send Lecavalier to the Kings for D Jack Johnson is still on the table. Sources say Johnson, who is coming off an entry-level contract, is seeking a four-year deal worth $5.5 million per season. No wonder the Kings want to deal him. They aren't the only team in pursuit of Lecavalier. Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal have all made calls.
I can't even believe they're still denying it. We all know that Vinny's gone, it's just a matter of when, where, and for who at this point. Lightning fans would wish it otherwise, but that's the "business" side of hockey. Or so they say.

Of course, this is a Canadian paper, so you have to take any "news" or "rumours" with a grain of salt - especially when it's regarding a Southeast Division team. They don't always fact-check their articles about those teams. At least, that's what I've found. Literally.

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